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 Dena R Kniess

Dena R Kniess

Assistant Professor

Office: 2112 - Buzzard Hall
Phone: 217-581-7240
Fax: 217-581-7800
Email: drkniess@eiu.edu
Dr. Dena Kniess graduated with her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership - Higher Education from Clemson University.  Dr. Kniess has worked in residence life at Ball State University and the University of Delaware.  While working on her doctorate at Clemson, she was an Associate Director in the New Student and Family Programs office.  Her research interests are assessment, multicultural issues in higher education, retention, and the second-year experience. 

Frequently Taught Courses

Legal and Ethical Issues in Student Affairs
Multicultural Competence in Higher Education
Collegiate Environments
Thesis and Research

Professional Organizations

ACPA
NASPA

Selected Conference Presentations

Kniess, D. & Havice, P.A. (2013, March). The second-year experience for underrepresented college students. 2013 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Conference, Orlando, FL.
 
Brocks, V., Kniess, D., & Parker, S. (2012, November). Research-in-progress panel discussion. Southern Association for College Student Affairs Conference, Memphis, TN.
 
Appel-Silbaugh, C. & Kniess, D. (2012, November). Women in student affairs: Perspectives from the field (NASPA Region III Program).Southern Association for College Student Affairs Conference, Memphis, TN.
 
Kniess, D. & Havice, P.A. (2012, November). Minority college students and the second-year experience: Results from a pilot study. Southern Association for College Student Affairs Conference, Memphis, TN.
 
Cawthon, T., Kniess, D., Jamison, L., & Guthrie, V. (2012, November). The most recent innovative resources for building campus collaborations. Southern Association for College Student Affairs Conference, Memphis, TN.
 
Kniess, D. & Ferguson, M. (2012, March). Connecting your strategic plan to your assessment plan. 2012 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
 
Kniess, D. & Brown, J. (2011, March). Clemson Connect: A collaboration promoting new student success. 2011 American College Personnel Association Conference, Baltimore, MD.
 
Kniess, D. & Graham, B. (2010, October). Cultivating the potential of college sophomores. 2010 South Carolina College Personnel Association Conference, Greenville, SC. 
 
 

Funding & Grants

Kniess, D.R. & Havice, P.A. (2012-2013). NASPA Region III Research Grant. Minority Students’ Perceptions of their Second-Year in College. Project funded for $500.00. Principal Investigator.



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